BOURBON STREET BLUES
A chance encounter with businessman Parker James in the Hotel Marchand's bar changes jazz singer Holly Carlyle's life in unexpected ways, even though he doesn't remember her at first, or that she sang at his wedding. Parker is about to open a jazz cafe, and he wants Holly to perform there. It's an excellent opportunity, but it proves tricky when Parker and Holly become lovers. He's going through a particularly ugly divorce, and his about-to-be ex-wife's poisonous behavior soon affects not only him but also Holly -- and her plans for the future. Gutsy and determined Holly is by far the best thing about Maureen Child's Bourbon Street Blues (3), with Parker's evil ex running a close second. But Parker is curiously underdeveloped, and it's sometimes hard to understand why Holly's feelings for him go deeper than lust.